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After returning home from Romania, and successfully saving her best friend Lilly, Eden Matthews must now come to terms with her future as an Immortal. She is in love with the Crowned Prince, but he is betrothed to someone else. Her family desperately wants her to join their rebellion, but that would mean fighting against her one, true love, Kiran Kendrick. She must fight off assassins who want her dead, an Immortal rite of passage that takes her to India and a deadly disease that no one has thus far survived. Danger seems to lurk around every corner as Eden Matthews struggles to keep her true identity a secret and protect those she loves. Eden must find a way to be with Kiran, or turn her back on him forever and fight to save her people. Hopeless Magic is the second installment of the Star-Crossed series.

©2011 Rachel Higginson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Stunning sequel, with such twists

This really is a superb and stunning sequel, it's for a such twists you think your going one way then something brings you to another way.
So well written

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  • B.A. Wilson
  • 30-08-18

Wow, How This Went Wrong

In the span of less than 60 seconds:

“Let them go. We’re safe for now . . . I let out a scream of pain. . . One of them let out the cruel sound of malicious laughter. . . Jericho let a string of curse words fly. . .”

Let, let, let, let, let, let let. It’s quite possibly one of the most useless verbs ever, and yet it is used repeatedly, for every situation.

Also, let out the cruel sound of malicious laughter is both passive and repetitive. There’s no need to say both cruel and malicious when they mean the same thing, and this moves the action to a back seat.

These are examples of the amateurish and unedited writing throughout the novel. These are common writing flaws that new writers struggle with, so I totally understand it, except this book is published. These things should have been caught and edited out in the early drafts. If they only occurred occasionally, it would not be quite as frustrating, but the passive sentences, telling, stating the obvious, and the use of both repetitive and useless verbs is twice as bad in book two as it was in book one.

This book is a prime example of how a fantastic world can die a cruel death beneath rough draft writing, lackadaisical editing, plot gaps, and the failure to successfully grow characters.

My favorite thing about this book is probably the side characters. The thing I hate most is the main character’s foolish and weak behaviors, and the love interest, who truly just isn’t worth it and is incredibly annoying.

What I’m most sad about is that there are the bones here of something that could be amazing, but it’s just not. A few more rewrites and some strong editors would have done this story some good. (Also, all of these covers are just truly awful and don’t make the slightest bit of sense, either, since we’re talking about what doesn’t work with this book).

If I have to sit through one more scene where all the characters gather and explain the world or backstory to me through dialogue, I might lose my mind. The telling was noticeable in book one, but it steps up to a new level of frustrating in book 2. Either that, or I’ve just lost patience with it.

Also, the main 2 characters are whiney, weak, annoying, and refused to learn and grown. They’re too busy rolling around in foolish, illogical romantic drama to step up and be badass, which is what I waited and waited and waited and waited for. I’m still waiting for that, TBH.

The overall tone of this one is whiney. The MC is frequently oblivious and does nothing to improve upon that, although in the next moment, she’ll be super cocky. It’s like she’s never true to her character, which I find frustrating and confusing. The main love interests are immature and can’t see that their relationship isn’t based in anything real. And the plot gaps of book one are starting to seem deeper and wider, after book 2 dug some more holes.

The MC doesn’t even use or practice using her magic, but in the moment, she always knows just exactly what to do to come out on top. That’s ridiculous. It’s either that, or she fails miserable, which pretty much feels like it’s her fault, since she has such a big head, despite doing nothing at all to improve herself or learn more about her magic.

Also, she lets part of her team suffer the whole length of the book, when she’s the only one who can help them. She puts almost no time or thought into actually helping them and instead flits about school, dances, and engaging in surface-level drama, when she could be doing something to make a real difference and help those who are hurting. That’s selfish and unforgiveable, IMHO.

And while she does all of that, she constantly daydreams about being queen, which makes me sick to my stomach, because she can’t even successfully handle her own shit, let alone a whole world of immortal creatures. She doesn’t even seem to understand what being Queen means. It just sounds good, so suddenly she’s all in, even though she couldn’t probably tell me her future King’s favorite color or food, since she hasn’t really gotten to know him at all, other than to swoon over him, cater to him, and apologize to him for things she should never have apologized for.

She may be a teenager, but she often behaves like a middle school kid. This book is all melodrama, which is a major turn off. The characters and plot line are frequently sacrificed to this.

I thought I was going to power through to book 3, but I think it’s very clear where this is headed, which is a place I’m not at all interested in going.

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  • Heather
  • 18-02-20

Too much whine

I really wanted Eden to become a strong character, but she remained a whiny, willfully ignorant child. I had higher hopes.

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  • Lorn
  • 15-10-18

meh...but onto the next one

*stomps foot* Despite the heroine being painfully naive and borderline too stupid to live, it is still a fun series. Careful not to fall in any plot holes! This fearless reader continues on.

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  • MDav
  • 01-04-17

Ah the ending. Not what I was expecting :(

Awesome series but the end threw me for a loop. I'm so thrown that I have to read the next book!

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  • Karlyn Keller
  • 14-02-18

Interesting read

I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve actually enjoyed this series. Originally I purchased the first one due to a sale. Quickly thereafter I’ve continued to buy the others.

While at times a bit melodramatic and over the top, overall the series has been pretty darn good. It does require a bit of suspension of disbelief given some of its leaps, but I’m reading fiction not nonfiction so that should be expected, right?

The lead character, Eden, is a bit over the top but still likeable. I buy her struggles especially as a teenager in love with two boys. I don’t buy her as much as the lead of the revolution but I can overlook that. She displays the typical teenage angst and self centered ness that is apparent in most of these young adult books.

The supporting cast of characters are intriguing. I would have liked to know more about them and even invited a bit of story telling from their point of view. I see that further down the series some are told from their point of view so I am looking forward to that.

All in all I’ve enjoyed the books although I’ve groaned a few places. I’ll keep reading for sure. Wish there was an omnibus of the series.

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  • NinjaMonkey614
  • 19-05-20

Strong Finish

I really struggled through the first couple books. the MC was whiny, childish, timid, most times flat out stupid, and annoyingly naive. The plotline has a strong basis, but her constant foot stomping, petulant whining, and "me me me" attitude had me rolling my eyes and gritting my teeth. The end, however, has given me a glimmer of hope that things will finally begin to improve with her and I may actually be able to finally fully enjoy the storyline. The narrator does not help matters. Making her sound overly emotional even in scenes that do not seem to call for it.

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  • Alexis Randles
  • 17-05-17

Exciting and well written

This was a great book. The story started at the point where the last book left off and ended with you wanting more. I'll definitely be buying the next book in the series. Can't wait to see how this one ends. I would recommend this book for teenagers through anyone who still has that mystical spark of interest.

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  • Ranie
  • 15-06-21

The price of reading YA novels.

So far the series has been very predictable. Overly simplified outcomes. Lots of angsty plotlines.

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  • jyg
  • 15-03-21

Uninspiring

I wish I could return this, but have used up my limit by exchanging other books that I had actually listened to.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the two first Hunger Games books and some other YA dystopian fiction, often ordered after one of my students recommend them. But I gave up on this book after the first chapter due to its predictable plot, simplistic writing, and uninspired performance.

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  • DZM
  • 15-02-21

YA only - not for mature listeners

This had high reviews so I really wanted to like it. Waded through the first book hoping the characters would mature in the second book but alas it got more insipid. Someone compared this to the Twilight series - FALSE. Not even a bland resemblance. Main characters are childish and immature and the narrative is very repetitive.

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